The Anglo-Francais De Petite Vénerie, whose name translates to "English-French, small hunting dog," has its roots in France. Its history dates back to the late 19th century to early 20th century when French hunters aimed to produce a breed that was a bit smaller, more agile, and with a more heightened sense of smell for hunting small game. This breed is a result of a successful mix of various French hounds, such as the Petite Bleu de Gascogne, Beagle, Poitevin, and Petit Gascon-Saintongeois, with English Foxhounds. These crosses resulted in a head similar to a French scenthound with the body of an English foxhound.
Anglo-Francais De Petite Vénerie can be prone to from hip and elbow dysplasia, eye conditions such as cataracts, demodectic mange, ear infections, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA).
The Anglo-Francais De Petite Vénerie is known for its friendliness, obedience, and sociability. These dogs are highly energetic, intelligent, and have a strong instinct to follow scents. They are hardworking when hunting but are also affectionate and gentle with their families. As pack animals, they get along well with other dogs, but their strong hunting instincts mean they may not be well-suited to households with small animals unless properly socialized from a young age. Without sufficient exercise, they can become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior. Mental stimulation is equally important for this breed, and they excel in activities such as tracking and search and rescue.
The Anglo-Francais hounds were recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1957, but have never been recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).